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Syrian rebels take airbase, ammunition

UP IN ARMS:While rebels seized an airbase and ammunition in the north, Syrians across the country protested to denounce the international community’s ‘inaction’

AFP, DAMASCUS

“After two years with no end to the military conflict, the situation of the civilian population has reached nothing short of catastrophic” proportions, ICRC director of operations Pierre Kraehenbuehl told reporters. “There is no respite.”

The ICRC has been aiding about 1.5 million Syrians, via the Syrian Arab Crescent, in a conflict that the UN says has left about 70,000 people dead.

The UN has also said the number of Syrians who have fled the country could hit 1.1 million by June.

Meanwhile, customs officers in Finland said they had seized spare parts for tanks in a container en route from Russia to Syria on board a Finnish ship docked at Helsinki’s Vuosaari port last month.

The EU has banned all sales, delivery, transfers and exports of weapons to Syria.

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